Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.
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In this Issue…
From the NOAO Director:
Announcing the NOAO Strategic Plan
I am pleased to release the NOAO
strategic plan, a forward-looking vision for enabling excellence in optical
and infrared (OIR) observational astronomical research by the U.S. community
into the 2030s.
For decades, NOAO has been a focal point for excellence by the entire U.S.
community, thanks to continuous innovation in capabilities spanning most aspects
of ground-based OIR astronomy. Based on this strategic plan, I believe NOAO will
remain a focal point of excellence for decades into the future.
This strategic plan is well aligned with our NSF mandated mission, purpose,
and competencies. It positions NOAO to enable community-based scientific
leadership in a broad range of modern topics in astronomy and astrophysics from
the formation of our own Solar System to the interplay of gravity and dark
energy over cosmic time.
Activities and initiatives planned into the early 2020s are consistent with
projected funding levels. Funding for activities and initiatives planned for the
mid-2020s and beyond depends on the outcome of near-term discussions with our
federal sponsors and non-federal partners.
This is a high-level plan. More details will be provided within upcoming NOAO
annual and five-year plans.
I look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to working with all our
stakeholders, especially the community-based scientists we support, to bring
this vision to fruition.
David Richard Silva
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
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